Pay Attention To Local Elections, Because Whoever Wins Can Make Your Life Miserable By Stella Morabito for The Federalist
If you live in a jurisdiction that has local officials on the 2020 ballot this November, you owe it to yourself and your community to research them — well.
Americans ought to be thinking a lot harder about their local, down-ballot races. This year, more than any other in recent memory, we got a bitter taste of the power of local officials to enable, and even promote, rioting and mayhem in America.
Many of us have watched aghast as mayors of blue cities like Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and New York turned a blind eye or even encouraged mob rule that resulted in wide-scale violence, vandalism, looting, injury, and, yes, murder. They have flatly rejected all offers by President Trump to bring it under control by calling in the National Guard. Let’s not forget that these mayors — along with the many other officials close to them — were elected locally.
Recall, it’s local elected prosecutors, district attorneys, state’s attorneys, and attorneys general that have the power to allow violent criminals to roam free after an arrest. We see this happening repeatedly in Democratic Party-run cities like Seattle and Portland where Antifa thugs caught on camera assaulting officers and citizens are immediately set free without bail.
Indeed, de facto presidential candidate Kamala Harris is all in favor of such things. In addition to rejecting your right to self-defense, Democrats also reject your right to any police protection – as we’ve seen with the Minneapolis City Council’s vote to “defund” (i.e., abolish) the police.
Offenders then return to the streets to keep rioting and assaulting others, and in the case of avowed “100 percent Antifa” member Michael Rienoehl, to hunt down and kill someone for being politically incorrect. Many of them are beneficiaries of George Soros’s district attorney project that funds their local campaigns. Soros also has a “Secretaries of State” Project to ensure that so-called progressives are in a position to certify election results, particularly in battleground states.
Other Down Ballot Offices
While the “up-ballot” races always get the press, down-ballot races prove time and again to have a huge impact on your personal life. If you think this through, up-ballot races are downstream from your down-ballot races. If your community is dominated by socialists running for the board of supervisors or town council, it’s a safe bet that your state will follow suit (if it hasn’t already). As more cities and states adopt lawless agendas, the U.S. Congress as well as the presidency are more at risk for promoting such lawlessness as well.